Napolitano Cites Progress in ‘Culture of Preparedness’
Pushing resources to local communities key to strategy
“We have made progress building a culture of preparedness and resilience across the country,” Secretary of Homeland Security said Friday in remarks before a gathering of New York City First Responders commemorating the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
I would submit we have created and expanded a culture of political correctness that is more interested in not offending anyone v. capturing any terrorist (from whatever source). That is more interested in subjugating the rights of ordinary, law-abiding citizens than, well, than anything else.
“The old view that “if we fight the terrorists abroad, we won’t have to fight them here” is just that—the old view,” Secretary Napolitano declared. “It is abundantly clear that we have to fight them abroad, we have to fight them at home. We have to fight them, period. And you are as squarely in that fight as I am.”
Somehow I think that street cleaner that found the bomb in Times Square was a little more involved than our dear Secretary.
At the heart of this process, Napolitano explained, are fusion centers, which have expanded nationally from just one in 2006 to 72 nationwide, serving as focal points for information-sharing among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners.
These the same focal point(s) that think duct taping a cell phone to a Pepto Bismol bottle is normal?
“By the end of this year,” she said, “ all 72 fusion centers should be able to analyze information and spot trends in order to effectively share timely intelligence—with local law enforcement, and with DHS, so the information can also be used by others within the Intelligence Community.”
Like the 9 year old N-number that got John and Martha King detained?
To support this vision, she added, DHS is prioritizing fusion centers in FY2011 grants, and looking for ways to support them through additional technology and personnel, including the deployment of highly-trained experts in critical infrastructure.
The “highly trained experts” (like the street cleaner) need to be on the street, not sitting behind some computer looking at a questionable database.
“We’re deploying experienced DHS analysts to every one of these centers, 64 at last count, Napolitano said, “and we won’t stop until we have them in every one; and we’re linking them together, and with DHS headquarters, through the classified Homeland Security Data Network.”
Oh boy, they’re linked together… If the information’s no good it doesn’t matter what kind of phone or DSL line they have, the decision will still be crap.
As part of the initiative to push tools and resources out of Washington, DC, into local hands, she said, DHS has awarded more than $31 billion in grants, including $3.8 billion for FY2010 for states, cities, law enforcement, and first responders.
So, the contractors get a hit at the public trough, I feel much safer.
The Administration is also directing almost $3 billion in Recovery Act funds to critical security efforts, including major increases in explosive detection and checkpoint screening equipment, as well as grants to rebuild fire stations, port, and other security facilities, she added.
Once again, technology won’t solve this problem.
Napolitano also described a series of initiatives announced last month to support state and local law enforcement and community groups across the country in identifying and reducing threats from violent crime and terrorism. These include: a new community-oriented policing curriculum for state and local law enforcement, focused on enabling frontline personnel to identify indicators of terrorism and other threats; unclassified case studies examining recent incidents involving violent crime and terrorism to educate and inform state and local law enforcement personnel and about common behaviors and indicators exhibited by suspects; and intelligence products focused on the tactics, techniques and plans of international and domestic terrorist organizations to better inform state and local law enforcement personnel about threats facing the homeland and their local communities.
Violent crime? DHS isn’t supposed to protect us from murder and rape, it’s supposed to protect us from terrorists. Overstepping our bounds a bit, or was this the plan all along?
As part of that effort, she said, DHS has launched, and is expanding, a national campaign around a slogan you probably know well: “If You See Something, Say Something,” a campaign first implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, with support from DHS.
What’s a campaign without a good slogan?
Napolitano concluded by outlining the Department’s latest efforts to promote what she called community resilience.
How about some resilience in the GA community? How about not being treated like a National Security threat when you’re not (like your own studies tell you)? How about the 4th Amendment? How about the Administrative Procedures Act and following your own rules? How about innocent until proven guilty?
“We have produced what we call a Community Resilience Registry where communities can input information on roughly a hundred different data points to develop a “resilience profile” of their community,” Napolitano said. “We’re also prioritizing resilience in some of our key FY2011 grant programs, including inserting language into our grant guidance to encourage applicants to consider strategies for increasing resilience at the local level.”Posted: September 13th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized